Joseph’s Parenting Style: Encouraging Growth

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Joseph’s Parenting Style: Encouraging Growth

How can parenting continue while facing issues in your life that seem like giants? Does it seem as if you will be ineffective at parenting because of raging personal battles?

Fighting giants while parenting requires concentration. Remember, you are encouraging growth in your child. I think what happens to us is that we are so discouraged with the giants we are trying to slay that we do not think we are doing very well in our parenting, either. Most of all, while fighting giants:

  • stay true to you
  • determine what is most important
  • stick to your core beliefs
My daughter, Amy Van Mechelen, and me, on the occasion of her birthday, Tacoma, WA, October 2013.

My daughter, Amy Van Mechelen, and me, on the occasion of her birthday, Tacoma, WA, October 2012.

Consider that while Joseph was going through all those circumstances in his life, he stayed true to himself, and stuck to his core beliefs.

Observe what works with your child and with your parenting; be flexible and change tactics if necessary.

Children always copy what you do and not what you say.

  • Use reflection to observe what works
  • Work on improving yourself
  • Love yourself
Speaking to my peers in a staff meeting at Everest College, February 2014.

Speaking to my peers in a staff meeting at Everest College, February 2014.

Think about how busy Joseph must have been in his position as viceroy of Egypt. In spite of that, he still took the time to be with his children, to stick to his core values, and to discuss his life experiences with them. Consider the profound effect of this style of parenting. In spite of the way people were living their lives all around them, Ephraim and Manasseh became the model for blessing and were elevated to the status of Jacob’s sons.

My children, Amy and Isaac Van Mechelen, with  my grandson, Ty in Mt. Rainier National Park, June 2014.

My children, Amy and Isaac Van Mechelen, with my grandson, Ty in Mt. Rainier National Park, June 2014.

Remember:

  • Enjoy your children.
  • They grow up so fast.
  • Be mindful of the small moments of time you have with them.
  • Celebrate their success.
  • Be grateful and thankful for their role in your life
  • Most of all, bless them.

You can slay giants and simultaneously provide good parenting to your children, encouraging growth and producing the result that you desire, just like Joseph, which is that your children be successful in their lives in spite of all the other circumstances in your life right now. They will become a blessing to you just as the example of Ephraim and Manasseh are used to bless children in every subsequent generation.

Fading sun against a tree commonly seen at Maasai Mara, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

Fading sun against a tree commonly seen at Maasai Mara, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

May God bless your children like Ephraim and Manasseh.

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